Bored is either a choice or an attitude. It’s a choice when the restless creator closes her laptop, shuts the blinds, takes out a pen and some paper, and sits quietly in her room until something happens. Bored is an attitude when you announce that you are. When you decide that literature, technology, games, nature, […]Read more "Nothing to do"
Maybe you’re right. Maybe you really are inexperienced. But there’s a reason why they picked you. And if you picked yourself for the job, I’m sure that no matter how thick your forest of doubt is, there are roots of potential buried underneath your insecurity. Although that doesn’t matter if you don’t put in the […]Read more "“I’m not qualified for this”"
Musical notation deconstructs a piece into its component parts so that musicians can know which notes to play and how to play them. The odd thing is that great music unleashes power that moves us to tears, but no tears have ever dropped onto a sheet of musical notation. To do so would be like […]Read more "Two Impossible Things: Music and Teaching"
Blogging is a great way to earn passive income. Blogging is a great way to build authority in your field. Blogging is a great way to build an audience. Or so we’re lied to. Under the dominant narratives for starting anything today, blogging seems like a waste of time. Compared to the apparent potential for […]Read more "Don’t Start a Blog, Start Writing"
I’m studying for a degree in clinical psychology. I once took a course called “The Psychology of Personal Development,” thinking I’d learn about the complicated, painful, difficult and confusing development of one’s identity, personality, and sense of morality coupled with an even more paralyzing sense: an increasing awareness of one’s mortality, of the fact of […]Read more "Positive Psychology: We Are All Happy Robots"
Pop quizzes (sorry, I didn’t know we were still hyperactive 2nd graders who need their attention lassoed every 3 days). Exams (yes, this will be on the test). Extra credit (none of this matters (probably because it’s not on the test :), but you’ll get extra points if you do it. Even worse: Bonus extra […]Read more "What Online Education Fails to Deliver"
There are no bad questions, yeah. But there are a few stupid ones. The mystery and miracle of a human: a heart pumping oceans of blood to your veins, billions of neural connections firing in your brain as fast as celebrities getting cancelled, countless sperm cells hiding inside of you so that maybe one day […]Read more "A stupid question we ask way too often"
Like me and everyone else who’s tried to be more productive, you’ve started some good habits, but then you lost your motivation. You were waking up at 5 AM everyday to do pushups, write, meditate, and run before the sun rises. But then one day you didn’t. “It’s just one day.” And then one day […]Read more "What is this day for?"
Get off LinkedIn Make stuff Get on Twitter and post the stuff you make Steps, explained: Step 1: Wes Kao wants us to have spiky points of view. This is one of mine. I have no clue why I still have a LinkedIn account. I guess it’s because everyone else does? Because I’m supposed to? […]Read more "You can land a great job as a creator in 3ish steps"
If you want to see wind, go look at some rocks. And if you want to see gravity, look at the muscle mass of astronauts who’ve spent too much time in outer space. Likewise, we can’t see the long hours, disappointments, setbacks, unmet expectations, letdowns, oversights, harsh lessons and other foundational roots of the most […]Read more "You can learn to see the invisible"